Security Industry Authority (SIA) aware of Portstewart incident

The UK’s private security industry regulator, known as the Security Industry Authority, has acknowledged a reported incident of assault at licensed premises located in The Promenade area of Portstewart in the early hours of Sunday, 2nd April.

A spokesperson for the Security Industry Authority (SIA) said, “We are aware of the incident being reported.  Protecting the public is our priority, and all SIA-licensed security operatives are trained in conflict management. Should a licence-holder do anything that means they fail to comply with our licensing conditions or they do not live up to the standards of behaviour we require we will investigate the matter. Once their identity has been confirmed by a reliable source, such as the police or venue we will review evidence against our licensing criteria and consider whether a security operative should retain their licence or if it should be suspended or revoked.”

Inspector Brogan said: “Enquiries to establish the circumstances are ongoing. We would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident, or who may have mobile phone footage which could assist our investigation, to call 101 and quote reference number 66 of 02/04/23.”

A press statement issued by The Anchor Complex reads, “We are aware of a video circulating social media. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our customers and staff, and we take this matter extremely seriously.

The police have been notified, and we are cooperating fully with their investigation into the matter. As such, we are unable to provide any further comment or details at this time.

We have a strict, zero-tolerance policy towards violence on customers and staff – such acts will result in being removed from the premises and barred for life.”